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Spring Cleaning Writer Challenge

Posted by on April 2, 2018

Happy Monday!

It’s definitely time for some spring cleaning around here. So when DJ Edwardson tagged me in this Spring Cleaning Writer Tag Challenge, I thought it the perfect opportunity to let you all know how things are going here, especially regarding Curse Bound.

1. Dust bunnies and plot bunnies: Reorganize your writing goals or make new ones.

Well… my goals are a bit fluid at the moment. I am about two months behind on my original plan, but I am hoping to catch up. That said, Curse Bound is in the middle of revisions. I am making progress, just slower than I like.

I have taken time off from the novella, Clans Divided, to focus on CB at the moment, but once CB is off to the editor, I will dig it back out again.

I have another story and characters pestering to be written, but it isn’t anything like I’ve ever written before, so it’s been percolating in the background. I’ve been reading, researching, gathering bits and pieces of this new world, which I hope to tackle next.

Also, I’ve begun brainstorming for Curse Bound‘s launch. It will probably be a bit smaller than Darkened Hope‘s now that I am working full-time. So we shall see. I’d love to start blogging again on a more regular basis. I miss you all!

2. Which stage am I at?

According to Deborah O’Caroll’s metaphor:
a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story)
b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)
c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing)
d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet… just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)
e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)

I am busily painting walls and polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors of Curse Bound, and hopefully adding some flowers in vases. Ha!

The new work-in-progress, which isn’t exactly new, because I have notes on the story, characters, and world dating back from 2009. :-0 I don’t’ think it’s even at the blueprints stage. I can’t decide which architecture I’m wanting to go with. The story seems to demand a more contemporary style than what I am used to.

Those are the projects that are occupying my head space right now.

3. Treasure from the back of the closet: Snippet Love.

From a scene in Curse Bound that may or may not make it past the editor’s axe. 😀

my work space 🙂

“You’re not going to kill me, are you?”
Semine laughed. Her voice bounced off the surrounding wall and buildings.
“You have Vian, why would you need anyone else’s blood?”
“To build a bigger and even greater army.” Semine clucked her tongue. “I can’t waste Vian’s precious blood for that.”

3.5. Bonus: Do some actual spring cleaning of your writer self. (And share a picture!)

Well, I haven’t done much “spring cleaning”, but with revisions looming over my head, I have straightened my office space a little and managed to keep the house some what decent. Ha! Nothing like living life balanced between reality and dreams, eh?

 

That wraps up the Spring Clean Writer Challenge for me! Thank you DJ for tagging me!

I tag Ralene Burke, K. M. Carroll, and Kyle Robert Shultz! And if any of you’d like to participate in the challenge, consider yourself tagged!

Here are the rules:

Rules:

1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. Share the picture
3. Answer the questions (naturally…) or even pick and choose which ones you answer
3.5. Tag 3 other writers and inform them that you tagged them (via comment/message/email or hey, even carrier-pigeon or smoke signal; I’m not picky)

Questions:

1. Dust-bunnies and Plot-bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make New Ones)

2. Which Stage Are You At? Expound!

a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story)
b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)
c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing)
d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet… just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)
e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)

3. Treasure From the Back of the Closet (Share one to three snippets you love!)

3.5. Bonus: Do Some Actual Spring Cleaning of Your Writer Self! (And share a picture!)

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Have a great week y’all!

4 Responses to Spring Cleaning Writer Challenge

  1. Kessie

    I’m glad you’re still chipping away at it, in spite of everything! I accepted your tag and here’s the results: https://kmcarrollblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/spring-cleaning-writer-challenge-and-joke-de-recommendations/

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks Kessie! And wow that was fast! I will hop right over and check your post out. Thank you for dropping by!

  2. DJ Edwardson

    Yay! So glad to see an actual post from you. I know it’s hard to balance writing and blogging and family and everything, but it was fun to read about what you’re up to.

    Editing is a good place to be. Keep applying the elbow grease! Your readers will appreciate the extra level of spit and polish.

    Cool to see your writing space as well. Maybe you can use that walking stick of yours to beat your manuscript into submission when it’s misbehaving.

    Thanks for doing the tag!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Bwahaha! Excellent idea! Thanks for tagging me and for dropping by.
      The story is always better for that extra spit and polish. The going is just so much slower now that I am working full time, but I am hoping to find the right rhythm and healthy boundaries and all.
      Keep on keeping on!!

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